Maluafou College English Day celebrates improved literacy

Maluafou College hosted an English Day with a showcase of films, skits and dramas by the students on Thursday morning. 

Lasi Tavae, Principal of Maluafou College says the main purpose for the English Day celebration is for the improvement of literacy and reading via action. 

“The celebration today (Thursday) by the students is all about promoting the English language within the school, not only for the students but for the teachers as well; enhancing the importance of learning and teaching English, not only within the classroom but the action is much better for them to understand,” she said. 

Mrs Tavae added that the importance of outdoor activities is for the students to have more understanding while using English, as it is a second language for most. 

"We all know that English is our second language, not all students have a background history of learning and teaching English but programmed like this it can give them (students) the ability to share their knowledge that they have learned from the classroom and put it into action," she said. 

"We believe that putting these activities together will bring fun for the students, because we only communicate within the classroom in an oral presentation but the fun today, is for them to pull out items, to dance and sing part of what they have been learning in the classroom."

"No one left behind" was the theme for the celebration, and Principal Tavae emphasized that the activities were designed for the school and teachers to reflect onw hat they have learnt and what they have been taught/teaching for the whole term.  

"Not only reflecting on the lessons and work, but its an opportunity for the students to practice speaking in both languages... so hopefully it will help them, and especially by the end of today, each level student could learn a new word and ideas for them to improve their standards in speaking and writing in English" she added.  

Each class level were given a task to play in each event, expressing what they have learnt through films, poems, story telling as well as dancing, reflecting the theme of "No one left behind". 

Menutiti, a Year 13 students says the celebration brought much joy to her, not only with just sitting in class and being taught but also to be able to step outside. 

"Unfortunately, this is my last year and for that Ill be taking every opportunity wisely in learning something new, not only with oral inside the classroom but in an outside view where we have activities. Our Year 13 Level did a film, Hibiscus and Ruthless, so by the end of the day, a message was delivered not only for us students but for our families who were attending the events," she said.

Mrs Tavae stated that English subject results reflects the understanding of the students of what they have been learning every day.  

"Results for English subjects only within the school have been going up and shows the standard is stable on top," she said. 

"As for S.C and S.S.L.C results, each student has gained higher marks, so it shows that the work is being done, and as a Principal I encouraged the staff to make sure they use every opportunity to teach is so the students can achieve good grades."

The English Day events took place at the school compound as an activity to end another school term in the lead up to the C.C.C.S. preparing for their Annual Conference. 

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